Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Medical-Marijuana)

Canada's licensed cannabis producers aren't just looking forward to the legalization of recreational cannabis in this country -- they have their eyes on global medical marijuana exports.

Ivan Ross Vrana (VRAH'-na) is a cannabis industry consultant and vice-president of public affairs at Hill and Knowlton Strategies.

He says licensed producers want to continue to be seen as medical marijuana companies because it has greater export potential.

Canopy Growth, Canada's largest licensed producer, already exports to Germany and is building cultivation facilities in Jamaica and Denmark.

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(BC-Liberal-Caucus)

The B-C Liberals have made changes to caucus positions following the election of Andrew Wilkinson as party leader.

The party says Langley M-L-A Mary Polak has been appointed House Leader while Vancouver-Langara M-L-A Michael Lee becomes critic for Attorney General.

Wilkinson says Polak's ability to work across the aisle makes her an ideal House Leader and Lee's strong debate skills will pose tough opposition for Attorney General David Eby.

Wilkinson also thanked former house leader Mike de Jong and former interim party leader Rich Coleman for their service. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Spill-Restrictions)

B-C's Green party is calling on the government to take immediate mitigating actions to defend the province's wine industry.

This follows a move by Alberta to ban B-C wine in response to the dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver says B-C's wine industry is an important economic driver, and is being unfairly targeted in the dispute.

Weaver is proposing a drink local program to encourage people to buy from B-C wineries, expanding wholesale prices to licenced restaurants, and increase funding to the B-C V-Q-A to boost exports to other provinces and international markets. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Sask-Farm-Shooting)

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Vancouver expressing frustration at a Saskatchewan jury's decision to acquit a white man charged in connection with the shooting death of an Indigenous man. …

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